The God Engines

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The God Engines
Cover of first edition (hardcover)
Author John Scalzi
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction novella
Publisher Subterranean Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 136
ISBN 978-1-59606-299-3

The God Engines is a science fiction novella by John Scalzi published in 2009.[1] It was nominated for the 2009 Hugo Award for Best Novella.


The story takes place in a universe where space travel is accomplished by chaining intelligent, human-like creatures called gods to a spacecraft and torturing them to drive the ship. The people are ruled by an organization called the Bishopry Militant, who worship a powerful being. Captain Ean Tephe is completely faithful to the Bishopry, but his faith comes under test when he is assigned a secret mission which his ship's god seems to have a keen interest in.


  1. ^ Scalzi, John (2009-12-01). The God Engines. Subterranean Press. ISBN 978-1-59606-299-3. 

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